The Art of the Masque: Dramatic Music by Henry Purcell
Date: October 17, 2011
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
The Chamber Chorus of the University of California, Berkeley under the direction of guest conductor, Matthew Oltman.
Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way
Sunday, October 23. 3pm.
During the late 17th Century, the great English composer, Henry Purcell was on a roll. Not only was he the favorite in Her Majesty's Court and Chapel, but he was also raking it in at the box office, churning out magnificent music for the theater. By combining elements of the courtly Masque with the words of the most popular dramatists of the day, Purcell managed to create something which almost resembles modern-day opera, and the people loved it! Excerpts from Dioclesian and King Arthur, expertly sung by the University of Berkeley Chamber Chorus and accompanied by some of the Bay Area's most talented period instrumentalists, will enchant you during this afternoon of fun, farce and fancy.
The concert is free with admission to the museum ($10/$7, free to members and UC Berkeley students and staff)